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School Board Recognitions
September 4, 2013

6. Student, Employee, and Public Awards and Recognitions
6A. The Center for Green Schools 2013 Trailblazing Teacher
The School Board is pleased to recognize Laura Wood, science teacher at Ocean Lakes High School, for being named a 2013 Trailblazing Teacher from the U.S. Green Building Councilís Center for Green Schools.

This award is given twice a year to 10 teachers who have demonstrated their commitment to advance eco-literacy and to bring environmental sustainability into the classroom. The award includes a small monetary gift which can be used to purchase instructional equipment, curricular materials and event-related or field trip-related items.

Ms. Wood, a biology and AP environmental science teacher, has used her schoolís natural environment to teach students about the intricacy of human and environmental interaction as well as the importance of civic action. As one of the districtís sustainable schools liaisons, she also shares environmental education and awareness opportunities with fellow teachers and interested students.

Please join me in congratulating this outstanding teacher!

6B. Ayn Rand Institute Anthem Essay Contest Honorees
The School Board is pleased to recognize two outstanding student authors from Ocean Lakes High School who earned national recognition as part of the Ayn Rand Instituteís Anthem Essay Contest.

Junior Quinton Adair took second place honors in the national contest and Cameron Harrison was selected as a national semifinalist.

The Ayn Rand Institute is named for novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand, who is best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged which celebrate the power and potential of an individual and happiness earned through personal achievement.

Anthem, on the other hand, is a short novel written by Rand which takes place in the future when the concept of individuality no longer exists and the word "I" has disappeared from the language.

Student essayists had to read the book and write an essay which addressed one of three topics about the characters, their place in society, or compared them to their counterparts in historical myths.

As national honorees, both students received a monetary award and were recognized on the Ayn Rand Instituteís website.

Please join me in congratulating these superior student authors!

Last Modified on Friday, January 20, 2017